|The Story Bridge crossing the Brisbane River in my hometown|
|Panorama showing the location of the Story Bridge (left) relative to the Brisbane CBD|
Another Dark Story to My Favourite Bridge
|The rainbow bridge?|
|Page 21 from Matt Haig's wonderful little book 'Notes on a Nervous Planet'|
|Thanks to Marie for the picture from her blog post|
Synching in the Submarine?
I had spent Thursday afternoon in Byron Bay sitting under a big hoop-pine tree and staring out to sea while listening to a busker and the waves crashing in behind him, but every now and then I would look at the people swimming (in winter?!) just off the sand on a beach I knew was the scene of at least one fatal and very unfortunate shark attack, which I wrote a post about when I had some friends out here from England -
Aussie Sync Summit...Kind Of. And You Just Couldn't Make This Stuff Up If You Tried
|We're going to need a bigger boat?|
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Rugby League Club since the mid 1980s and started following them around age 13.
|My 2016 GF tattoo with more room for more years:-)|
I'm a firm believer in destiny and that doesn't mean it's "all good" either.
I have no idea just how much control we do have over our own destiny, but I like to think that I do have some control, although I feel a lot of points do seem to be fixed for some reasons bigger than I can imagine from my little life viewpoint.
Now here is my little Matt Haig/plate of shrimp - cosmic coincidence story from my Thursday/Friday in Byron Bay.
I was walking around the streets of Byron Bay Thursday afternoon looking for something to eat before heading to the bookshop to buy some books and then head back to my motel room and watch TV/football.
I've been on a strict non-dairy vegetarian diet only really breaking it last Christmas when feeding on my favourite non-vegetarian food of all time pretty much ... prawns, or as Americans might call them ... shrimp.
I came across a fish shop on my way to the book shop, which I wrote about in a recent post -
|The books I ended up buying Thursday afternoon in Byron Bay|
|I had only planned on buying 'Eggshell Skull' really|
I wanted to go in and have a chat to the owners, as I was going fro the Rabbitohs to beat the Storm on Friday night, although I would be out at the Byron Theatre on Friday night while the game was on, so I wouldn't see it live.
I stood looking in the fish shop window thinking that I could hardly go in and have a chat about footy and not buy anything because I was on a vegetarian diet, so I started to talk myself into breaking my diet and getting half a kilo of prawns and take them back to my motel room.
And while there were quite a few reasons for and against buying them, the one true fear that rang in my head was what if I got food poisoning from eating these prawns and had to miss the three days of the writers festival?
This became my overwhelming reason not to buy them and I had no idea where it was coming from, since I had never been sick from eating prawns in my life and while I have heard of people getting sick from other seafood like oysters and shellfish, I don't ever recall hearing of anyone getting sick from prawns.
|Who would get sick eating prawns? Matt (Haig) would, that's who:-)|
So I ended up buying a veggie burger after going to the bookstore -
Synching in the Submarine?
The thing is that I knew nothing about Matt Haig and had read none of his books at the time, so on Friday my jaw(s) nearly hit the floor when Matt mentioned his fear of food poisoning and the one time he did get food poisoning from eating ... of all things ... prawns.
Matt Haig on the anxiety of modern life
|Matt Haig being interviewed by Sarah Kanowski Friday at the BWF|
|From Carl Jung's 'The Red Book'|
|I think we're gonna need a bigger boat|
Plate of Shrimp/Prawns and the Raw Prawn/Trickster
Many a true metaphor is said in jest ... or something along those lines.
And now we do have to worry about crossing our real life bridges when we come to them it seems.
Predictive Programming... or
Keep you arm away from that W lady and ...
There is a lot to be afraid of in this world if we let our minds wander/wonder, but I don't think a bigger boat will solve much when it comes to anxieties.
But maybe a gentler boat will?-)
Or the aliens for that matter;-)
But I wouldn't risk being on Facebook too often when it comes to gambling with your mental and physical health.
It is a nervous world to live in, but it pays to cross our bridges when we come to them and try not to think too hard about it when we do.